APHC welcomes forthcoming Pak, India talks

Srinagar, August 19, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference has welcomed the forthcoming talks on National Security Advisor-level between Pakistan and India scheduled to be held in New Delhi on Sunday. The APHC at a meeting of its Executive Council in Srinagar, today, discussed in detail the prevailing situation of the occupied territory and border tension between the two countries.

The meeting was presided over by the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and attended among others by Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Bilal Ghani Lone, Muhammad Musaddiq Aadil, Masroor Abbas and Mukhtar Ahmed Waza. The participants of the meeting said that the APHC supported any dialogue process between Pakistan and India aimed at settling the Kashmir dispute.

They said that the lingering dispute had been the main cause of tense relations between the two countries for the past several decades. They maintained that resolution of the conflict over Kashmir through peaceful means of dialogue was in the interests of the entire region.

It was decided in the meeting that a high-level APHC delegation led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq would attend the reception party being hosted by the Pakistani High Commission in the honour of Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, on Sunday (August 23).

The participants also rejected the India’s plan of setting up colonies for retired Indian soldiers in the occupied territory. They said that Jammu and Kashmir was an internationally-recognized disputed territory and India had no constitutional or moral justification to establish such colonies in occupied Kashmir.

They said that the APHC would not allow to succeed any process aimed at changing the demographic composition of Jammu and Kashmir. They added a committee had been constituted to review all aspects of this sensitive issue and it would also gather all facts and figures in this regard.

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